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Scecina football boasts its own proud tradition

November 21, 2012
Lafayette Central Catholic High School

For the second straight season, Scecina awaits Central Catholicin the Class A state championship game.

The Crusaders have their own proud tradition, having won back-to-back state championships in 1990 and ’91. Here’s a closer look at the team hoping to dethrone the three-time defending state champions.

Veteran squad

Scecina returns six starters on offense and seven on defense from last year’s state runner-up. That includes running back David Tarver (1,136 yards, 15 touchdowns), quarterback Robert Rennick (849 yards, 10 touchdowns, 6 interceptions) and linebacker Jimmy Hadley (110 tackles, 12 for loss, 3 fumbles caused).

The Crusaders graduated 10 seniors from last year’s team.

Battle tested

Like Central Catholic, Scecina plays a challenging schedule. The Indiana Crossroads Conference includes perennially solid Speedway and Ritter, which defeated the Crusaders 36-18 on Oct. 5 and will play Luers for the Class 2A state championship on Friday.

In a non-conference game, 4A state finalist Roncalli defeated Scecina 28-7 on Sept. 14.

Goal-line stand

Linton nearly derailed the Crusaders’ bid to return to Lucas Oil Stadium at the semistate. Tarver’s 76-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter tied the game 14-14, where it stayed into overtime.

Luke Frain, the younger brother of last year’s kicker Ryan Frain, now at Illinois, kicked a 25-yard field goal in overtime to give Scecina a 17-14 lead. Linton went for the touchdown on fourth down and less than a yard, and Hadley made the game- and season-saving tackle of Linton’s Zane Hayden.

School ties

Hurrle, a 1970 Scecina grad, is in his second stint as head coach. In between, he spent three seasons as Butler’s defensive coordinator and one as head coach at Northwestern High School.

All but one of Hurrle’s assistant coaches and other football staffers played for him during his 35 years as a Crusaders assistant or head coach.

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